Research finding summaries

Provincializing Asian regional food regimes

A recent study led by Kuan-Chi Wang found that the legacy of imperialism gave rise to diverse agricultural trajectories in Asia, with countries embracing varying models of development. Some embraced capitalist-driven “green revolutions,” while others pursued socialist-inspired approaches to agricultural modernization. These divergent paths reflected each nation's unique historical context and ideological leanings, contributing to the complexity of contemporary food regimes in the region. Adding another layer to this rich complexity, agricultural experts and institutions emerged as key actors in disseminating knowledge and shaping farming practices. Their efforts not only influenced technological advancements but also shaped the institutional frameworks that govern food production and distribution in Asia today.

By |2024-03-27T10:48:39-04:00Mar 27, 2024|

How the United States Underdeveloped Somalia

On September 6, 2023, the United States military reportedly assisted the Somali government in an deadly counter-terrorism operation that killed five civilians. For many Americans, their immediate thought to hearing of this news is probably something along the lines of: I had no idea the US was militarily active in [...]

By |2023-11-13T15:33:29-05:00Nov 13, 2023|

Does Race Serve a Functional Role Under Capitalism?

The relationship between capitalism and racism is structural rather than merely historical. It is not just that capitalism emerged in an already-racialized context, and so developed in a racialized way. It is also that racism can be explained by its functional role in stabilizing capitalist class relations. This view has occasionally been described as "class reductionist." In our view, this does not itself amount to a fatal criticism, but it does associate our argument with others that we in fact reject.

By |2023-10-20T12:25:55-04:00Oct 13, 2023|

The New Class and right-wing populism: Findings from Wisconsin

Does the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the US signal the breakdown of past alliances between workers and intellectuals, and the emergence of new cross-class coalitions? Or have the worker-intellectual alliances that were integral to social-democratic movements in the past endured in some form? A recent study by Chad Alan Goldberg and Masoud Movahed provides some answers.

By |2023-09-13T13:14:23-04:00Sep 8, 2023|

Japan’s work style reform and the paradox of its promotion of side jobs

The government emphasizes fukugyō as a means of free choice and achieving good work-family balance. However, the reality of fukugyō is often far from the ideal picture painted by the government. Fukugyō workers typically experience low wages, employment insecurity, a lack of social protection, and limited opportunities for upward career mobility.

By |2023-09-07T11:52:54-04:00Aug 9, 2023|

From the Führer to the Sex Toy: Ridiculing AI at Work

The practice of ridicule proved crucial to creating a culture of resistant solidarity among the workers. In the presence of this solidarity, workers dared to engage in more practical acts of resistance. These included manipulating the algorithms, or using gaps of control for illegal breaks. In some cases, workers even engaged in outright sabotage.

By |2023-09-07T11:56:25-04:00Jul 26, 2023|

Du Bois’s Black Ecological Marxism

For Du Bois, capitalism and racism do not only impose on the souls but also the soils of Black folk. In a century defined by the intersecting crises of capitalism, racist oppression, and global ecological degradation, Du Bois’s theories that detail their relation and offer a program to reimagine society as an abolition democracy, serve as a prescient guide.

By |2023-07-19T11:54:01-04:00Jul 19, 2023|

From union networks to Lula Livre: contemporary US-Brazil transnational labor strategies

That striking image of US-Brazil labor solidarity is only one snapshot of a transnational union partnership which has proved to be long-lasting and institutional, yet adaptable.  New political, social and legal convergences have brought the labor movements of these two countries closer together over the past decade, as both are now contending with challenges to their representativeness and social legitimacy in times of extreme political polarization and growing labor precarity.

By |2023-06-21T08:28:48-04:00Jun 21, 2023|
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